As we are approaching the holiday season, it's an excellent time to remember our fallen and their ultimate sacrafice; another way to remember them is to sponsor a wreath.  Sponsoring a wreath through Wreaths Across America is easy.  Whether at Saratoga National Cemetery or another cemetery where you wish to have a wreath placed. Just click on the image to enter Wreaths Across America.  Simply click on the DONATE at the bottom of their page.  Thank you.

The Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern New York have once again been granted Group Sponsorship status within the Wreaths Across America organization. So what does our Group Sponsorship status mean? Well for every two wreaths that are ordered - using our group code – Wreaths Across America will donate another wreath - we get 3 for 2. 


To sponsor a wreath at Saratoga National Cemetery click HERE.

If you would rather mail in an order, click ORDER FORM.


Thank you.

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Honor Mission

Joseph A. Annello Jr.

US Army Veteran

Rensselaer, New York - 19 Jul 2017


The family of Mr. Joseph A. Annello, Jr. has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Annello, age 81, of Rensselaer passed away on Thursday July 13, 2017.

Mr. Annello served in the United States Army from September of 1957 to June of 1960. His MOS was 058.10 Morse (Code) Intercept Operator. He spent 2 years on overseas assignments and was Honorably discharged at the rank of Specialist 4th Class (T).

After his discharge, Joe was employed by the NYS Education Department for 31 years before retiring in 1991. Joe worked as a Budgeting Analyst. He was a member of the Italian American Club where he served as President for 5 terms. He joined in 1976 and is a current member. He was also a member of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society, Albany Lodge of Elks BPOE #49, Albany Pop Warner, where he served as a vice president working under Vince Foley for over 10 years, and Whitehall Little League.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to be able to stand for and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Mr. Joseph A. Annello Jr.


Primary Staging Time: 9:00 A.M.
Lyons Funeral Home
1700 Washington Ave.
Rensselaer, New York - 12144
Ride Captain:
Gene Jones
Special Instructions:
Staging at funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family. There will be visitation from 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM, followed by a service at 11:30. Following the service, members will escort to the cemetery for interment with military honors:

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Holy Sepulchre Road
Rensselaer, NY

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted by:
Ray Sestak

PGRNY is an all volunteer 501c3 organization. Donations support our mission of honoring the fallen and Veterans and are tax deductible.

Checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders of NY may be sent to:

PO Box 12445
Rochester, NY 14612

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal


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